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    Hey all,

    I was just doing some research on ADA requirements for self storage facilities and I am getting somewhat conflicting results. On one hand some are saying that if the property was built prior to 2012 and it is compliant with 1991 standards, it is fine now. Anything built after 2012 has to fall under the new rules and layout of ropes, pound of pressure etc. I was wondering if anyone has info on that? I live here in California. I believe this place was built in 2004 maybe and is compliant with previous ADA stuff. Let me know!

    Thanks in advance!

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    Welcome!
    We had to retrofit our doors in San Diego-it was a percentage of units that we had if I remember right. We made our own ropes etc. and put the blue handicap signs beside each unit-but it doesn't have to be rented to someone who is handicapped. It was pretty easy, our district manager and our maintenance guy knocked it out in a day. I think the bathroom doors were measured to make sure we were compliant but they'd considered that during the build. Our management company said better to over do than get busted for not doing enough. I'd touch base with the SSA in CA and ask them.
    90% of what you're stressing about now won't even be relevant in a year. Breathe easy. ~Wesley Snipes

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    • #3
      Thanks for taking time to respond! I will definitely do that. Did you have to put a ramp or anything in front of the door? Most facilities have that little bump in front of the door.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by PleaseInformMe View Post
        Thanks for taking time to respond! I will definitely do that. Did you have to put a ramp or anything in front of the door? Most facilities have that little bump in front of the door.
        So most of our units were interior so no bumps, thank goodness. I don't know if you have to change that or grind it down to make it easier for ADA or what. Just be aware-in CA there is a person/group that visits businesses to check out the ADA situation and if they find anything they will file a lawsuit.
        90% of what you're stressing about now won't even be relevant in a year. Breathe easy. ~Wesley Snipes

        WA State

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        • #5
          So what happens when you build a new storage building, It obviously has to be ADA compliant. But do they make you do anything to existing buildings that have been around for years. In other words do they make you upgrade the entire facility when you add a new building or are you just dealing with the new building?

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          • #6
            Enforcement varies. If you are adding a new building and concerned about compliance, you can add more ADA accessible units to the new building to compensate. This is easier with interior units. The code states the units should be spread evenly over the size range, but they do not have to be spread evenly over the buildings on the property. Grouping them all together in one hallway with interior swing doors is a safe way to do it. Interior units on a corner can have a roll up door on one side and a wing on the other. The roll up doors with various ropes or pulls are not accepted in every state but in some places are a solution that will pass.

            If putting them in a hallway, you also need to ensure that egress routes to the exterior are properly equipped with ADA hardware, properly sized windows on hall doors if equipped, level pads outside of the door, and proper spacing to the sides of the door latches. Doors through firewalls serving as egress routes also must meet the standards. Achieving this with a 5' wide hall requires using a narrower door and having no space on the hinge side. Designing the building with a wider section by the firewall or hallway to exterior door (can double as cart storage) is my preferred way to handle this.
            Last edited by Steve_hajewski; 16th May 2019, 08:47 AM.

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